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Walleye angler action is hot on Lake Erie

LAKE ERIE — Lake Erie walleye fishing has been the best Western New York has seen, in many years. Three huge schools of fish are moving around, in the eastern basin.

One school is situated north of Point Breeze, another is east of Meyer’s Reef and the last is between the Departure buoy and 5 miles west.

The fish are running 19 – 31 inches in length, so there is a variation of many year classes present.

Regardless of what type of fishing lure or bait process is utilized, some anglers are catching fish right away, while others leave the lake with an empty net.

A lack of fishing success can normally be contributed to a change in the wind direction, velocity, sky color, barometer, the water clarity or the location of forage.

Anglers must also take into account their boats’ speed, the direction of the troll and the underwater current.

It can be frustrating, when a fish will move toward the surface, only to disappear from the sonar.

Many anglers burn through an entire day of fishing and never get a single bite. Use this as an opportunity to try new things and discover items that may have fallen to the bottom of your tackle box.

Decide whether to troll or drift, with a three-way spinner/worm and sinker rig or three-color or six-color lead core line. Or, you could use the side-planers, to offer a floating stickbait close to the surface, weighted with clip-on sinker weights from 1 – 6 ounces.

Maybe your favored method is using a deep, trolling plane device, such as the Dipsy Diver®.

Most anglers end up developing a favorite fishing style. They learn how to change depth, control lure action and aim toward the fish, where they appear on a graph.

Turn your boat often, changing the boat speed occasionally and varying your presentation. You will eventually find that walleye fishing success.

Ted Malota, the Dipsy Diver legend, took his best friend Jack Schultz to fish the deep line style, using Dipsy Divers to present spinner/worm rigs, while trolling 1.8 – 2.1 mph.

Fishing the school that sets up down the international line off Meyer’s Reef, each year, Malota trolled a little Dipsy with ring, approximately 150 feet out, with an index of three.

This past week, with a big Dipsy and ring, he set lines between 120 – 130 feet back. He said that he has found success with black/gold and avocado green spinner blade combinations. He set the line to run 3 – 8 feet off the bottom.

Connecticut gun laws
The National Shooting Sports Foundation filed suit in federal court against Connecticut’s new gun laws, last Monday. The suit claimed that Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy and the leadership of the Connecticut General Assembly misused the “emergency certification” exemption, to bypass procedures and pass strict gun-control regulations.

The suit also argued that the enactment of the new law violated fundamental due-process rights guaranteed by both the Connecticut and United States constitutions.

The NSSF asked the court to declare the law invalid and issue an injunction prohibiting its enforcement.

Outdoor calendar
– July 22 and 27: NYS trapping certification course, Elma Conservation Club, 600 Creek Road, Elma. July 22 6 – 10 p.m. July 27: 7 a.m. – finished. For more information, call 681-5690.

– Aug. 2 – 4: Northern Chautauqua County walleye derby, Dunkirk Harbor. Three fish-per-day limit. For more information or to register, call Zen Olaw at 640-2776.

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